Memories in Hiding

Tooppil Bhaasi

Translated by Jose George, Phillip Zarrilli


5.5 x 8.5 inches, xvi + 63pp, 8 halftones. 1996

ISBN : 9788170461340

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Memories in Hiding is a dramatic work based on real life. The playwright draws on his autobiography to reconstruct an important period in the political history of Kerala just after Indian independence. The Suranad Revolution, which the activist-playwright reconstructs here, was a desperate attempt to resist the tyranny of the feudal landlord system which had oppressed the peasant for generations. Writing decades later, in 1992, the revolutionary playwright revisits that era of passionate idealism and commitment, in a tribute to the sacrifices made by the ordinary people for a cause they believed in. 

Tooppil Bhaasi, one of Kerala's best-known playwrights, received several awards in the course of his long career in theatre, including the Kerala Sahitya Nataka award, and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award. Memories in Hiding, his last work, won the Kerala State Government award for the best play in 1992.


Jose George

Phillip Zarrilli

New Indian Playwrights
Theatre And Performance Studies